Indeed, technological innovations are genuinely beautiful, however, integrating them into a business isn’t as easy as one may think of– it’s definitely challenging, especially if you don’t even have the idea of what to implement, and what to avoid.
Wearable devices are one of the few things that are currently being used in the construction industry, and project managers find them to be quite promising. To enjoy their full potential, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with what it can offer.
That said, here are some ways on how smart wearable construction tech is reshaping the future.
Smart Clothing to Protect the Workers
Of course, construction clothing is very important. However, construction clothing is more than just clothing now. Now, construction workers are able to buy a smart reflective vest, safety vests, self-charging jackets, cooling vests, and there are even self-charging work boots capable of tracking user fatigue and can provide ample lighting.
Smart clothing ensures that the worker would stay comfortable and it also improves the bottom line by providing that the overall efficiency of the worker would also dramatically improve.
There are reflective headed jackets that come with battery packs and could last for the whole day– they are perfect for workers who have to work in cold conditions.
Sensors to Accurately Monitor the Workers
Every year, sensors continue to get smaller and smaller, but more powerful. In fact, you can put them almost anywhere, and that’s why they are perfect for the construction industry. They can be incorporated in shoes, helmets, work boots, and many more. The good thing about these sensors is that they’re not that noticeable at all, but they are working quite well, and have been gathering critical data needed on the job site.
These sensors could hold a significant amount of data which is very important in the construction site. Aside from that, they also utilize time stamps and GPS to monitor worker movement and determine if something unusual is happening on the job site.
Furthermore, they are also capable of tracking worker fatigue and automatically alert those who are in charge during accidents. They can even be used to set up geofencing areas that notify the workers whenever they’re entering a dangerous zone.
Sensors have definitely come a long way, and it would be a sin if construction managers won’t even consider using them. They should be open to change because these technological advances would really help in ensuring safety and overall efficiency. Since they’re becoming more and more common, they’re relatively inexpensive now, but still, offer valuable insight.
Combined with BIM
Smart wearables are capable of sending reports to a cloud-based platform regarding a worker’s vital signs, and if there are dangers in the area. This technology is more than just safety, but when used with BIM, a multi-dimensional view of the construction project that captures the workers, climate, space, and material can be achieved. Streaming data can be monitored and utilized to predict and draw models that could improve worker safety even more.
Indeed, wearable technology offers a lot of promises, and a few years from now, we can expect that it would continue to affect the industry for the better.